A federal appeals court vacated the death sentence of the Boston Bomber who killed and maimed innocent people on May 15, 2013. The living bomber ran over his bomber brother, killing him, in order to escape.
The court said Dzhokhar Tsarnaev didn’t receive a fair trial because the judge in the case did not vet the jury properly with regard to possible bias stemming from pretrial publicity.
The three-judge panel ruled there should be a retrial to determine the penalty phase only, not the decision.
Even with a life sentence, he might not stay in prison for the rest of his life. As time goes by, people forget about the victims and the living criminal becomes the focal point.
HE DID IT, NO INNOCENT ‘TEEN’
This isn’t a who-done-it. he admitted it. This man viciously tore people apart on the streets of Boston.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev armed the device and set the detonator that killed an 8-year-old child. He planted the bomb behind the child to make sure he was blown up. The bomber specifically and deliberately killed 8-year-old Martin Richard.
Martin’s sister, a child, an Irish dancer was standing nearby. She lost her leg, and her mother was seriously injured.
The attack at the marathon killed three people, Martin Richard, Lingzi Lu, Krystie Campbell, and injured more than 260 others. Officer Dennis Simmonds, who was brain-damaged during the bombings, died of his injuries a year later.
Then Dzhokhar joined his brother on a murderous shooting spree, killing a school officer, Sean Collier who was simply sitting in his car. Dzokhar obtained the gun, not his brother, so he could protect his drug business in the school.
THE VICTIMS WILL SUFFER AGAIN
The victims will have to suffer through court proceedings once again. Some victims’ families are devastated at the news.
“I just don’t understand it,” said Patricia Campbell, mother of Krystle, was one of three killed at the finish line. “It’s just terrible that he’s allowed to live his life. It’s unfair. He didn’t wake up one morning and decide to do what he did.” She continued, “He planned it out. He did a vicious, ugly thing.”
She doesn’t know if she will return to court.
“I don’t even know if I’d waste my time going,” Campbell said. “The government’s just wasting money. He should be dead by now for what he did.
Liz Norden, whose two sons each lost a leg as a result of the bombings, said she was “shocked by the decision.”
“I am frankly at a loss of words and disgusted by the thoughts of sitting through another penalty phase,” she said. “If this case didn’t warrant the death penalty, I don’t know what would.”
Bill Richard, whose 8-year-old son Martin died in the second blast, declined to comment Friday. His family supported waiving the death penalty.
He and his wife wrote in a 2015 essay,“We know that the government has its reasons for seeking the death penalty, but the continued pursuit of that punishment could bring years of appeals and prolong reliving the most painful day of our lives. We hope our two remaining children do not have to grow up with the lingering, painful reminder of what the defendant took from them, which years of appeals would undoubtedly bring.”
HE WON’T GET OUT???
Richard “Dic” Donohue, the former MBTA Transit Police officer who was wounded in the Watertown shootout, said the ruling didn’t come as a surprise.
“I’ve been expecting this since the trial and the initial appeal,” Donohue wrote on Twitter. “And in any case, he won’t be getting out and hasn’t been able to harm anyone since he was captured.”
Don’t count on that. Times change and horrible criminals get released.
BREAKING: A federal appeals court has overturned the death sentence of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the man convicted in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing that killed three people and injured over 260 others. https://t.co/ot5gX3jPBf
— The Associated Press (@AP) July 31, 2020